Canada minister optimistic of Air Canada deal

Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:07pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Labour Minister Lisa Raitt voiced optimism on Tuesday that Air Canada and its flight attendants' union would reach a contract agreement on Tuesday, and said to expect a statement later in the day.

"I'm very optimistic that they are very close to a deal, and I hope I'll have something more to say later on today," Raitt told the House of Commons, just nine hours before a strike could begin.

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; editing by Rob Wilson)